The Name of This Book Is Secret

Book review by Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Mild mystery tries too hard to be Lemony Snicket.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 68 reviews

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age 6+

Delightful, subversive, and wholesome

A mysterious tale that's just right for kids. The tone is spooky but light-handed, and really gets kids in the atmosphere of a Big Secret. It also encourages their patience by dripping out the plot slowly while keeping them rapt with descriptions of kids and places and things. If you're reading this to them, don't be surprised if they interrupt you a lot to throw out their own ideas. Though there are some elements that get morbid, it is all handled well. It's not scarier than anything in Aladdin (1992).

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 10+

An Instant Classic

This book is great. It creates a light-hearted tone throughout the book that works very well with any part of the book. It keeps a sense of illusion throughout and foreshadows the events very well. The quality of this book is so great that the sequels will have a tough time surpassing this.

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